Move Aside Couples, Now Best Friends Wear Matching Outfits Too

Story by Jeline Abutin. 

We all know about couples wearing matching outfits, but what about cross-coordinating outfits with your BFF?

Kastor & Pollux duo Bianca Venerayan and Dani Roche are notorious for putting together the most fab semi-matching outfits with each other!

Venerayan and Roche are the creators of Kastor & Pollux, an online store and blog that took three years in the making.

Starting their own business of making accessories and now clothing has skyrocketed the duo to amazing fashion heights: collaborating with Topshop Canda, Messeca NYC, and much more!

The cute and quirky duo describes themselves as “long-lost twins,” which is a perfect description of their friendship. I mean, who can cross-coordinate outfits with their BFF without even telling each other what they are going to wear? Venerayan and Roche sure can.

Check out their blog and be amazed by all the cross-coordinating outfit goodness! http://blog.kastorandpollux.com

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This Summer’s Trending Footwear: Birkenstocks

Story by Jeline Abutin. 

Love them or hate them, Birks just work. To some, these sandals are clunky and old fashion. To others, they are a fashion must-have. Regardless of what side you’re on, Birkenstocks are a staple in this summer’s wardrobe.

Seen in runway shows such as the Celine Spring 2013 Fashion Show, Birkenstocks are back and are a comfy and chic alternative to gladiator sandals or flip-flops.

Coming in different styles, Arizona Birks are trending among fellow fashion bloggers as well as fashion enthusiasts.

Arizona Birkenstocks can be paired with just about anything — from summer dresses to boyfriend jeans and everything in-between. Easy to wear and easy to pair with outfits, the only bad thing about Birks is the awkward tan received from wearing them almost everyday.

 


Must have colors for this summer trend is black and also white. But don’t be hesitant to try other colors to add a vibrant and fun aspect to any outfit!

With a hefty price tag of $89 to $130, Birks can be a splurge, especially for sandals, but are so worth it for its versatility, comfort, and stylishness! But if you’re willing to partake in this fashion endeavor, don’t forget to paint those toenails to add a feminine touch to these must-haves!

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What’s Your Summer Style: Wide-Leg Trousers

Story by Jeline Abutin. 

Striving for a comfortable and a fashion savvy outfit essential? Look no further than the wide-leg trouser.

Printed or a solid pattern, the wide-leg trouser has the ease and relaxation of pajama bottoms with its silk material, but can be worn at the mall or out with girlfriends on those lazy days.

Try to find a pair that flows away from the thighs and calves but still hugs the waist or hips to still give shape to the body.

Check out this wardrobe piece and all its versatility in Topshop’s Five Ways to Wear the Wide Leg Trouser.


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What’s Your Summer Style: Kimonos

Kimonos are a cute addition to any outfit. This new Asian style trend is perfect for the summer!

Kimonos can fit everyone’s style. From floral, to lace, to fringe– it can be paired with any outfit to add a little extra flair.

If you want to try this new trend, but don’t want to be too daring, try this Forever 21 solid woven kimono ($22.80).

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If your style is girly, try florals or lace like this H&M short kimono ($24.95) or this Urban Outfitters Love Sadie Lace Bell-Sleeve Kimono Jacket ($79).

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If your style is more bohemian, try fringe. This Nasty Gal Reverse Peek A Boo Kimono ($68) and this Lottie & Holly Boho Print Womens Fringe Kimono ($32.99) are perfect.

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And for those of you who like to save some money, try making your own.

 

 

The Real Reason Behind Japan’s Surgical Mask Trend

Even if we don’t understand it, we’ve all seen it before– the strange trend in some Asian countries to wear surgical masks.

So what’s the reason behind this phenomenon? In some cases, the justification is perfectly understandable. For instance, residents in China are often seen wearing masks because of the poor air quality. In some cases, this is even a requirement. During a runway show in Jiangsu province last year, models were forced to wear surgical masks because the smog was far too dangerous to inhale.

So what about Japan? According to Rocketnews24, there are 5 main reasons for the popular mask trend.

1.) For health purposes.
While China residents wear the mask to protect themselves from the unfit air quality, Japanese residents wear the mask for any sort of contagious disease. However, the mask is not used to protect themselves. Instead, it is used to protect other people. Because Japanese residents often come in close contact with one another, it is common courtesy to wear a mask if you are sick.

2.) To avoid social awkwardness.
Rocketnews24 reported that the mask is sometimes used by an individual who simply does not want interaction. A Japanese psychologist added, “When we deal with others, we have to judge whether to do things like smile or show anger. By wearing a mask, you can prevent having to do that. The trend of wearing a mask to prevent directly dealing with other may have roots in the current youth culture in which many of them are more accustomed to communicating indirectly through email and social media.”

3.) For warmth. 
Tired of wrapping a scarf around your face to keep it warm? Why not try a surgical mask?

4.) For the lazy.
Have you ever wanted to go out, but you’re too lazy to put on make up? Or maybe you have a pimple and you’re just too tired to cover it up. Maybe its just one of those days when you just want to leave the house for a quick errand and dolling yourself up seems like a hassle. Apparently, Japanese women have decided that a quick way around this is the surgical mask.

5.) In the name of fashion.
We certainly expected this one. As the popularity of the mask grows, more and more people are finding ways to incorporate it into their outfit. Black masks and printed masks were created for that very purpose.

 

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